The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

July 10, 2012

Our View: Politics that divide

There is little doubt that economic news has hurt the president in his efforts to gain re-election. He is now pulling out all the stops to reinvigorate his campaign message. Not surprisingly, his efforts increase the divisiveness in America, in our view.

By executive order, not legislative change to unpopular laws, he has directed that no illegal immigrants between the ages of 16 and 30 be deported from the United States. In effect, he has directed his administration to not enforce a law with which he disagrees.

He has also called for extending the Bush tax cuts for all Americans with a taxable annual income of less than $250,000 for one year, but raising taxes on many small businesses and the “rich” to Clinton-era tax rates. All of the Bush tax cuts for Americans are due to expire on Jan. 1, 2013. Preventing that tax increase on all or part of taxpaying Americans will require congressional action.

President Obama is pitting the “rich” against all other tax-paying Americans. Such political ideas are divisive and prevent all Americans from doing what is needed to improve our economic future.

So here we go again with the political spin and opportunism. And it is all being orchestrated right out of the White House, not our legislative branches of government.

Our long-stated goal in American economic politics is to be a country that lives within its means. To do so, all Americans must begin to pull together to pay more in taxes and cut spending.

Politics of division will never achieve that goal.

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